Minorities Running Roughshod

February 1, 2013 § 1 Comment

“I hear you loud and clear, Barack Obama. You don’t represent the country that I grew up with. And your values is [sic] not going to save us. We’re going to take this country back for the Lord. We’re going to try to take this country back for conservatism. And we’re not going to allow minorities to run roughshod over what you people believe in!”

  • Jason Rapert, Arkansas State Senator, 2011
  • Source: video
  • Context: Rapert made these comments at a Tea Party rally in 2011.

A Dark Vein of Intolerance

January 13, 2013 § Leave a comment

“There’s also a dark — a dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the party. What do I mean by that? I mean by that that they still sort of look down on minorities. How can I evidence that?

When I see a former governor say that the President is “shuckin’ and jivin’,” that’s racial era slave term. When I see another former governor after the president’s first debate where he didn’t do very well, says that the president was lazy. He didn’t say he was slow. He was tired. He didn’t do well. He said he was lazy. Now, it may not mean anything to most Americans, but to those of us who are African Americans, the second word is shiftless and then there’s a third word that goes along with that. The birther, the whole birther movement. Why do senior Republican leaders tolerate this kind of discussion within the party?”

  • Colin Powell, January 13, 2013
  • Source: Meet the Press
  • Context: Powell was asked whether he still considered himself a Republican. He responded by saying that he does still consider himself a Republican but differentiated his conservatism with that of today’s Republican Party, which he said had gone too far to the right. He went on to describe intolerance within the Republican Party, and what he thought it needed to do to stay competitive as the demographics of the United States changes.

The Republican Party Has Turned Its Back

January 3, 2013 § Leave a comment

““I would say that the Republican Party says that it’s the party of family values. Last night, it decided to turn its back on the most essential value of all. And that’s to provide food, shelter, clothing and relief for people who have been hit by a natural disaster. And I would say that the Republican Party has turned its back on those people. And it’s going to be very hard for me to ask any of those people to vote for the national Republican Party.”

  • Peter King, Republican Congressman, January 2, 2013
  • Source: video
  • Context: Peter King, Representative from New York, blasted House Republicans and Speaker Boehner, saying that they turned their back on Hurricane Sandy victims in his state. Chris Christie and other politicians from both sides of the aisle criticized the Republican Party for avoiding a vote on Hurrican Sandy Relief, even after they were given guarantee’s that it would be passed. King also stated that he would no longer vote with Republicans anymore, putting into question whether he will leave the party or not. He also advised donors not to contribute any money to Republican campaigns, saying:

“Boehner is the one. He walked off the floor. He refused to tell us why. He refused to give us any indication or warning whatsoever… I’m just saying, these people have no problem finding New York — these Republicans — when they’re trying to raise money. They raise millions of dollars in New York City and New Jersey, they sent Gov. Christie around the country raising millions of dollars for them. I’m saying, anyone from New York and New Jersey who contributes one penny to the Republican Congressional Campaign Committee should have their head examined. I would not give one penny to these people based on what they did to us last night.”

There Is Only One Group To Blame

January 3, 2013 § 1 Comment

“There is only one group to blame for the continued suffering of these innocent victims: the House majority and their Speaker, John Boehner.”

  • Chris Christie, Republican Governor of New Jersey, January 2, 2013
  • Source: video
  • Context: After the House of Representatives skipped a vote on providing relief for Hurricane Sandy Relief. He blasted House Republicans and John Boehner for their partisanship on this issue, calling them “selfish.” Speaker Boehner refused to take Christie’s call’s after deciding not to put the relief package up for a vote.

Party of Subtraction And Division

January 1, 2013 § Leave a comment

“We can’t be known as a party that’s fear-based. That doesn’t believe in math, in the sense that to win you got to be the party of addition, not subtraction and division.”

  • John Huntsman, moderate Republican, December 30, 2012
  • Source: Interview with The Telegraph (with audio)
  • Context: During the interview, Huntsman was asked about his thoughts on the current state of the Republican Party and what it needed to do to be competitive. He was optimistic that the party would change over time and become more moderate, saying that “the party right now is a holding company that’s devoid of a soul and it will be filled up with ideas over time and leaders will take their proper place.”

Against Everything And For Nothing

December 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

“Increasingly, it is becoming clear that the party is against everything and for nothing.

Nothing on taxes. Nothing on gun control. Nothing on climate change. Nothing on gay marriage. Nothing on immigration reform (or an incremental, piece-by-piece approach, which will result in nothing). It’s a very odd situation when the losing party is the party refusing to negotiate. It may be how you disrupt, but it is not how you govern, or how you ever hope to regain a majority.

And so, we have a Republican Party today willing to eliminate any prospect for a decent future for anyone, including itself, if it cannot be a future that is 100 percent in accordance with its core beliefs and principles. That’s not governing. That’s just lobbing hand grenades. If you’re only standing on principle to appear taller, then you appear smaller. And the GOP is shrinking daily before our eyes.”

  • Mark McKinnon, former aide to George W. Bush and John McCain, December 24, 2012
  • Source:  The Daily Beast
  • Context: In a piece written for The Daily Beast titled All I Want For Christmas is a New GOP, Republican Mark McKinnon expressed his frustration with the extreme and uncompromising stances of today’s Republican leadership. He warns that if the Republican Party does not change it will “condemn itself to a smaller and smaller base of core supporters and permanent minority status.”

Less Than Anyone I’ve Met In My Life

December 24, 2012 § Leave a comment

“He wanted to be president less than anyone I’ve met in my life. He had no desire to . . . run.”

  • Tagg Romney, Mitt Romney’s eldest son, December 22, 2012
  • Source: Boston Globe
  • Context: Tagg Romney told the Boston Globe that his father, Mitt Romney, did not wish to be president and had to be convinced to run. Mitt Romney had been running for President for six years, first as a Republican candidate hopeful during the 2008 election cycle.